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High House Chains was a "new" House within the Deck of Dragons. Membership and alliance with High House Chains was marked through the inclusion of a massive flaw in the individual, and the celebration of imperfection.[1]

In Memories of Ice[]

The House was formed in 1164 BS when the Crippled God commissioned the itinerant artisan, Munug, to create a new set of cards for the Deck of Dragons.[2] The God then quickly began approaching beings of great power and misery to take on roles within the House. Gethol became his Herald[3] and Kallor became his King.[4] Other positions proved attractive to Poliel, Mistress of Pestilence, and Mowri, Lady of Beggars, Slaves, and Serfs.[5]

Possibly in anticipation of the House's formation, Ganoes Paran was designated the Master of the Deck by the Azath. This gave him the authority to bless or deny the House's official entry into the Deck. Some powers in the Malazan world sought to influence Paran and deny the new House. These included Hood, Trake, and Anomander Rake, among others.[6]

Paran leaned towards approving the new House. His inclination was strengthened when Gruntle, Trake's unconventional new Mortal Sword, pointed out that the new House currently operated as it pleased outside the rules, but a sanctioned House would be bounded to the same rules as everyone else.[7]

In House of Chains[]

The Crippled God chose Karsa Orlong as his Knight of Chains, the Mortal Sword of the House of Chains. The god's servants, The Seven Faces in the Rock, had shaped the Teblor for the role for his entire life.[8] Silgar, the former Nathii slaver, claimed to be the Leper of Chains.[9]

On the eve of the Battle of Raraku, the Master of the Deck made his choice and sanctioned the House of Chains. The Crippled God was now bound to the same rules as the other gods.[10]

In The Bonehunters[]

After the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan, Fiddler acquired a new Deck of Dragons with many cards previously unknown to him including those of the House of Chains. He described the King of Chains' card as showing a man on a throne swallowed in shadows. Despite the darkness, he swore he could see "that poor bastard screaming. And the look in his eyes..."[11]

In Dust of Dreams[]

During a reading of the Deck in Letheras, Fiddler told Banaschar that he kept poor company and dealt him the card Fool in Chains.[12]

Known positions in High House Chains and confirmed associated Ascendants[]

Likely candidates for positions in High House Chains[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.295
  2. Memories of Ice, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.79-82
  3. Memories of Ice, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.293-295
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.439-440
  5. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.655
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.631/655/660-661
  7. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.658-662
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 House of Chains, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.708 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":4" defined multiple times with different content
  9. 9.0 9.1 House of Chains, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.786
  10. House of Chains, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.811
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.720
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dust of Dreams, Chapter 3, UK HB p.102
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 Return of the Crimson Guard, Glossary, UK PB p.702
  14. Return of the Crimson Guard, Epilogue, UK PB p.688-689
  15. Memories of Ice, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.440
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Crippled God, Chapter 24, UK HB p.795
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.655
  18. House of Chains, Glossary
  19. House of Chains, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.966
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